The ruling Socialist Party, led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, won the April 25 parliamentary elections in Albania with 49% of the vote. In second place is the Democratic Party of Lyulzim Bashi (39%), reports The Associated Press.
On the central square of Tirana, where, despite the restrictive measures, thousands of supporters of the current government gathered, Edi Rama announced his plans to bring Albania to the leading positions among the Balkan countries in the fields of tourism, agriculture and energy. He called the victory in the last elections “the most difficult, the biggest and the most beautiful”, according to the Athenian-Macedonian news agency.
The results of the vote have already been recognized by the President of Albania, Ilir Meta, and the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was the first among foreign leaders to congratulate Edi Ram. Greetings were sent by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaef, and the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.
The Democratic Party of Lyulzim Bashi, which hastened to declare its victory on election day, has not yet admitted defeat. The European Union called on the government and the new parliament to steadfastly follow the course of reforms and respect the rule of law.